Wednesday 31 August 2011

Short & Sassy!

This is the lovely Short & Sassy from China Glaze. It's a very pretty, regal, shimmery, burgundy red. This formula applies easily and is opaque in two coats. Unfortunately I was a bit heavy handed and applied some of it too thickly and generated some tiny bubbles, but a generous coat of Essie Good to Go took care of this problem.

I did double stamp all of my nails with this image (except my pinkie finger) as the image is very small. Wouldn't it be great if BM were to duplicate these plates but in the same size as Konad plates?

Base colour: China Glaze Short & Sassy
Nail plate: Bundle Monster BM20
Stamp colour: China Glaze 2030

Monday 29 August 2011

Chic Chocolate with stamping

I got this polish in a discount bin and wow, it's amazing. It's a gorgeous dark shimmery chocolate colour that looks almost black on my nails - until it goes in the sunlight! Just love this colour. The formula applied easy and was nearly opaque in one coat which I love. And to top it off it dried true to it's claims of "50 second nail color".

Base colour: Maybelline Express Finish: Chic Chocolate
Nail plate: Konad M70
Stamp colour: China Glaze 2030

Oh I couldn't be more excited!!! I've FINALLY laid my hands on China Glazes legendary 2030! I've been searching for so long and finally have it in my hot little hands. Yippeee!

Saturday 27 August 2011

Here Today . . . Aragon Tomorrow Part 2

So this is my previous polish with Kleancolor Chunky Black Holo over the top and finished with China Glaze Matte magic.

The matte look is pretty different but I quite like it and had heaps of comments on my nails today.

Friday 26 August 2011

Here Today . . . Aragon Tomorrow

I've been really keen to see how this polish looks since it's almost black in the bottle. In the sunlight there's a definite green hue. The first coat was really streaky and even after two thick coats it still wasn't opaque (pointer finger). Never mind I want to give my Kleancolor Chunky Black Holo a whirl over this so it's all good - stay tuned!

Thursday 25 August 2011

Ski Teal We Drop!

Even though this colour has been around for some time, it's my first time wearing it. What a lovely formula. It applied so easily and perfectly and was completely opaque in two coats. It also dried very quickly - so checked all my boxes!

This isn't normally a colour I would wear but I have a top in a similar colour so thought I may as well give it a go. It's really grown on me. I liked it a LOT more before I stamped it unfortunately.

Now I just need to get a great topcoat that won't smudge my stamping. I've been using Seche Vite and while this is the most amazing product I'm really looking for something that is a little less toxic - I'd love to know if there's a safer alternative.

Base colour: OPI Ski Teal We Drop
Nail plate: Konad M60
Stamp colour: China Glaze Millennium

Here's the pics . . .

Righto - so I like this a whole lot better with a matte finish . . .

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Nina Ricci #12

Just thought I'd share a swatch of this lovely burnt orange from Nina Ricci. This is # 12 in the mini polish box I got recently.

Wow, I really love this colour. It's almost impossible to tell from my camera but this polish has the tiniest gold shimmer throughout. It's opaque in two coats and applies easily. LOVE it!!

And stamping added....

Base colour: Nica Ricci #12
Nail plate: Konad M65
Stamp colour: China Glaze Passion

Monday 22 August 2011

My first French Manicure!

This is my first attempt at a French manicure and I think it turned out ok - except for the terrible discolouration of my nails showing through! lol Better to stick with opaque colours I guess.

Base colour: OPI passion with Orly White Out for tips
Nail plate: Konad M73
Stamp colour: Konad Special polish:White
Topped with Seche Vite

Sunday 21 August 2011

Nina Ricci #27 with stamping

I recently got this wee sample box of miniature polishes from Nina Ricci (totally cute!). In the box are numbers 12, 15, 30, 10 and this luscious dark gold #27.

I'm really going to look forward to trying the other gorgeous colours.

This polish applied quite easily but took 3 coats to be really opaque and it's a beautiful shimmery dark gold. Sorry should have taken a photo before I stamped it but you can see the shimmer in the bottle.

Base colour: Nina Ricci #27
Nail plate: Konad M61
Stamp colour: Konad Special polish: Black, with dots of China Glaze Passion
Topped with Seche Vite.

Thursday 18 August 2011

Kleancolor Black Holo - Wow!

Oh my!! I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves!

After seeing this amazing polish on the internet I just had to track it down. Love it!!

This is applied one coat over a base coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather, and finished with Seche Vite.

Wednesday 17 August 2011

China Glaze Mahoganie

No stamping today . . . but this is my first glitter polish and it's LOVELY! China Glaze's Mahoganie is a rusty brown based polish with loads of glitter. These photos show one coat of Seche Vite but I think I made need another for glossy smoothness.

Click to enlarge for close up of glittery goodness!

Monday 15 August 2011

Bing Cherry Bling!

So I'm liking this a lot better than my earlier attempt today! China Glaze's Bing Cherry is an amazing blue based red currant cream that is nearly opaque with one coat (love that!). Plus topped off with my old favourite Seche Vite ensures no messed up stamping = happy camper!

Base colour: China Glaze Bing Cherry
Nail plate: Konad M83
Stamp colour: China Glaze Passion

Flair with Sci-Fi

Did you ever have one of those manis where everything went pear shaped? lol Well this is one! I got a bargain haul of Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine Polishes and Flair is simply gorgeous, but it takes a LONG time to dry. I love this colour and liked my manicure a lot more before I stamped it.

I really struggled with this plate too and found that for the first time ever I got a better image by not cleaning the plate between stamping . . . interesting.

Then to literally top it off I tried out my brand new Essie Good to Go (bought off Ebay and long anticipated since I can't buy it off the shelf here in NZ) and it smeared the daylights out of my stamping. Argh!

Oh well the upside is that I'll soon be removing this mani and trying out one of the other colours I got.

Base colour: Sally Hansen Lacquer Shine: Flair
Nail plate: Bundle Monster 203
Stamp colour: China Glaze Sci Fi

Wednesday 10 August 2011

Liquid Leather with Hi-Tek

Something a bit more dramatic today . . . I love the combination of black and gold. This is China Glaze's Liquid Leather which is a creamy, easy to apply polish. Its almost opaque with one coat, but I applied two here.

Base colour: China Glaze Liquid Leather
Nail plate: Konad M70
Stamp colour: China Glaze Hi-Tek

Sunday 7 August 2011

Over the Taupe

Today's mani is a subtle look. OPI's Over the Taupe is a lovely colour but took 3 coats to be opaque. This is my first time using this lace look stamp and I'm really liking it. Very delicate and pretty.

Base colour: OPI Over the Taupe
Nail plate: Konad M71
Stamp colour: China Glaze Robotika

Friday 5 August 2011

Iron Butterfly with Black Konad

Following on from the last post this is Iron Butterfly from Orly stamped with Konad Black Special polish. Argh I haven't used this black special polish for ages and forgot how messy it is!

The previous photos were taken in the sun and you can really see how matte it is. No sign of sun here today so these are inside with flash on.

Base colour: Orly Iron Butterfly
Nail plate: Konad M63
Stamp colour: Konad Special Polish Black

Thursday 4 August 2011

Iron Butterfly from Orly

Oh my! I've never owned a matte or suede polish before - but I just love this - in every way. Not only is it almost opaque in one coat but it dries ultra fast. In fact it dries so fast that one side of my nail was drying as I was applying polish to the other.

Will do some stamping a bit later on  . . .

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Thunderbirds are go!

Sorry couldn't resist that name. =) Wow, loving this gorgeous dark shimmering blue based red from China Glaze. After looking at so many blogs I made a concerted effort to 'carefully' apply my polish and not get any on my cuticles - and I think it turned out ok.

Aside from being an amazing colour, Thunderbird is easy to apply and was nearly opaque after one coat. I put two on to make sure.

I decided a subtle stamp was called for, so as not to steal Thunderbird's glory.

Base colour: China Glaze Thunderbird
Nail plate: Konad M69
Stamp colour: China Glaze Passion
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